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Tales of Moonlight and Rain: Japanese Gothic Tales

Akinari, Uyeda

Published by Columbia University Press, 1972
ISBN 10: 0231036310 / ISBN 13: 9780231036313
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Title: Tales of Moonlight and Rain: Japanese Gothic...

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York and London. 1972. Columbia University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good in Dustjacket. 30. 150 pages. hardcover. The jacket design is an adaptation of a woodblock print illustration for ‘Bewitched,’ one of the TALES OF MOONLIGHT AND RAIN. Reproduced on the endpapers are pages from the preface and text of the eighteenth-century edition. 0231036310. keywords: July 25. inventory # 25183. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Published originally in 1776 in woodblock print, Ugetsu Monogatari, or TALES OF MOONLIGHT AND RAIN, is a collection of nine eerie tales probing spiritual values and aberrations in a historical-traditional perspective. Having established himself while still a young man as a master of the Ukiyo Soshi, or realist, literary school, Uyeda Akinari abruptly turned his back on this genre in middle age and began to delve into the rich heritage of folklore and superstition, both Japanese and Chinese. Basing his stories on well-known tales of historical vintage, Akinari reshaped and retold them in elegant prose, portraying through these simple tales the interaction of history, mores, superstitions and religious beliefs, and thereby raising them to the level of literary art. As is pointed out by Professor Takata Mamoru, Japan’s foremost authority on Akinari, in his introductory essay, Akinari’s literary style is a unique blend of classical and anticlassical elements, employing original writing techniques. This Edo masterpiece is illustrated with reproductions of woodblock prints that appeared in the original edition. Bookseller Inventory # 25183

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Synopsis: A fine copy in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with wear at the spine ends. Later printing. Cloth. 8vo. xxix, 150 pp. Illus. with 20 b/w drawings. Translation of Ugetsu monogatari. Contents: a critical interpretation; Homecoming; Bewitched; Exiled; Birdcall; Prophesy; Reunion; Daydream; Demon; Wealth.

Language Notes: Text: English, Japanese (translation)

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